eCAFE - Course and Faculty Evaluation, University of Hawaii

eCAFE: Course and Faculty Evaluations


Instructor: Geoffrey White

Available Survey Results

ANTH710, Fall 2012
ANTH350, Fall 2011
ANTH610, Fall 2011
ANTH711, Spring 2011
ANTH710, Fall 2010
ANTH152, Spring 2010
ANTH350, Fall 2009
ANTH424, Spring 2009

Geoffrey White: ANTH710, Fall 2012

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 710 - Sem in Rsrch Meth in Cult Anth Crn (Section): 74273 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
8. I developed skills needed by professionals in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
9. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.86 7 1.07 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 1 (14%) 3 (43%) 2 (29%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
11. I have become more competent in this subject area during this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
All were valuable to me
The class size and the interaction between students of different disciplines was most beneficial. The readings and discussions led by the students was valuable.
practicing analysis and reading about analysis was really helpful. I also found the conversations on collaborative ethnography helpful as well as the politics. I feel the class gave me a lot of great insights into how to be productively reflective.
Selection of readings was fabulous--broad range. Well chosen readings that helped situate anthropology research as well as current methodological issues. Appreciated any written comments (such as on homework and other)--insightful, helpful! Some comments, such as feedback on transcripts may have been time consuming to write, but were illuminating.
Methods of interview, HyperResearch program, ethical anthropology, and discourse analysis
Ethics and politics of conducting research. Different interviewing methods. Different ways to approach the field. I particularly appreciated the classroom environment. You did a great job engaging with each student and giving excellent feedback on their work. I also thought that you do a great job creating an environment where women are not intimidated. When Mai spoke, I also noticed that you listen to her really well even though her English is at times difficult to follow. Unlike other graduate courses where students can ghost through or project onto the readings, you did a good job making us share about our research and pushing us to see the unique challenges our research presents.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Though I did enjoy the readings sometimes it was a challenge to write up the reflection papers every week so this is the aspect in which I did not perform up to my potential.
I valued the entire course.
The hyper-research stuff, while it was good to be exposed to it since I am not currently using it it feels like a waist of time, this is the kind of stuff that I feel like we can learn on our own when we need to unless we are going to use it for the entire course.
Somewhat unsure about grading criteria on various assignments.
No
The whole coding week. Of the students I talked to, they didn't use it. The idea is important. Unfortunately, until you have a full version of a coding program that students can use, I don't recommend this week in the future. At the start of the semester it was kind of like, when are we going to get to the cool shit? Geography gives ArcGIS to students who take GIS courses. If Anthropology could give the same kind of heft ($$$) to ethnographic research methods and make coding programs available for relevant courses that would be awesome.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 7 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 4 (57%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
17. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
18. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
19. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
20. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
21. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
22. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
23. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
24. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
25. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
26. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
He is a great teacher that is interested in the students opinions in addition to making sure that we learn the subject. I feel that I would have better experiences at UH if more professors took more time to have discussions with the students like Professor White does.
I don't believe any improvement is needed.
Providing examples of how other students in the past have described their ethnographic methods in their proposal writing. Providing examples of how students use ethnographic methods in general.
Give more explanation about how to interpret data by applying theory and method.
Sometimes, you just start talking and I kind of zone out, particularly at the start of class or something gets you going. It can be hard for me to stay focused on your train of thought. Often you make several important points. Still, these mini lectures are key parts of the class. If you know a topic you want to cover you could prepare more before the course and let the presenters know how much time you'll spend.
27. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Intuitive, Excellent listener! Gracious and informative teacher!!! sorry more than 3 oops
Knowledgeable, transparent, unassuming
consistent, committed, knowledgeable
Pleasant, knowledgeable, attentive
excellent, professional, supportive
Engaging, Knowledgeable
loquacious reflexive
28. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
29. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
30. The assigned readings significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
31. What changes would you make in the writing assignments?
maybe a reading critique every other week :)
I would get rid of the weekly reading critiques.
I thought they were all helpful.
The writing assignments in and of themselves were fine--it was sometimes hard to understand the grading rubrics. Some homework was returned with a check, check plus, or nothing at all. Not exactly sure how each of those designations were made--what are the criteria for the various categories? Some explanation at the beginning of the course might be helpful. Or, simply don't grade them?
I combine theory and method to explain things in general context.
I know this is an Anthropology course, but I think you could have used a few more sources from outside of the discipline, particularly from sociology.
32. Other comments:
This is one of my favorite classes (and I only have 2 favorite classes) at UH because of the professor.
I enjoyed this class and learned. I can actually say that a co-learning environment was created and each student's knowledge and experience was appreciated.
thanks for a great course, I feel I learned a lot and the more I do ethnographic research the more I will be able to reflect and learn more deeply what I was exposed to in this course.
Found written handouts explaining assignments and when they were due very helpful. Also appreciated the emails sent to the class and keeping in contact with students at various points.
A very useful and effective course. I learned a lot of knowledge from this class.
I suffered from ANT 710 derangement syndrome where I started to get mad at people who asked me dumb questions. I would tell them they obviously needed to take Geoffrey White's ANT 710 course. That started to annoy even me after a while.

Geoffrey White: ANTH350, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 350 - Pacific Island Cultures Crn (Section): 79110 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.33 39 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 16 (41%) 18 (46%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.39 38 0.5 Freq(%) 23 (61%) 15 (39%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 41 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (17%) 34 (83%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 41 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 11 (27%) 27 (66%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 41 0.89 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 14 (34%) 23 (56%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.27 41 1.0 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 4 (10%) 12 (29%) 22 (54%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 40 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 8 (20%) 11 (28%) 19 (48%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 41 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 6 (15%) 14 (34%) 19 (46%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The aspects of pacific island cultures were most valuable.
small group discussions and guest speakers
Guest speakers.
The books and articles required of me to read were time consuming, but I had taken up a lot of information about problems that pacific islanders go through coming to the Americas.
Geography of the Pacific Islands Culture of Pacific Islanders Problems and conflicts these places had in the past and are faced with today
I enjoyed the guest lectures from prominent people in the Anthropolgy world. I learned a lot from their research and experiences in the field.
Guest speakers and films were great.
Doing the tourism research paper.
Great lectures- very clear and easy to follow from a very knowledgeable professor.
The guest speakers sharing their own perspectives in an Anthropology class is as vital as actual field work.
Learning about how Pacific Islanders are represented in global media.
i appreciated expanding my exposure to pacific island cultures.
The guest speakers
Guest lectures
The films provided first hand accounts and personal stories which were very valuable. Powerpoint presentations were an excellent visual aid to strong lectures.
Guest lectures were absolutely invaluable. They fit Dr. White's lectures perfectly and added a new perspective. I appreciate that he left certain topics to people more expert then him.
Group discussions were great!!
The knowledge and learning of Pacific cultures and how they apply to us today. Also the diversity and understanding on why cultures behave the way they do and how we can interpret and learn from them.
texts, films, guest lectures, class discussions, research project
The powerpoints outlined all aspects of the course and were available online to help study for tests as well as references. Guest speakers represented different areas we studied, which along with the different authors helped me to gain a broader perspective of course materials.
The class discussions were very important and helped me better understand the concepts of the course.
As an student not from Hawaii or the Pacific, I learned a lot about how colonialism has affected the Pacific Islands. I never understood what the big deal was about Hawaii becoming part of the U.S. until I learned about other Pacific Islands and their journey into globalization. I think this class helped open my eyes to the importance of preserving tradition passed down from ancestors to children.
his personal expierences
I thought that a lot of the information was good to learn just for my own knowledge. But I don't think that it's enough information to create exams on because it's more facts rather than actual concepts.
All of it. One of the BEST courses I have ever taken. Probably most valuable was having regional knowledge from genuine "experts" with extensive knowledge and experience in their field.
I found that the cultural diversity covered in the course was the strongest aspect of the course along with the the knowledge on the topics from the professor.
The movies
The many different aspects of culture in Polynesia.
I learned a lot about the effects of WWII had on the Pacific Islands which I never knew about before, such as the nuclear testings on the islands.
Learning about an area that I feel soes not get enough credit...and for trying to open the students eyes to things that aren't traditionally taught
The most valuable aspects of the course were the guest speakers that came in during a few class periods and Professor White's overall knowledge of the subject matter taught in lectures.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I thought everything was a learning experience.
power points ... vague.
Lectures at times were slightly slow...more interaction needed. Test did not follow coarse well in since of what was asked vs. what was focused on. Review class was not helpful; test would have been better if this had been as well.
None.
Learning about the tourism aspect of place
Professor White's lectures were sometimes a bit boring and long to sit through.
Books required to read. I only liked to read the short exerpts from books. Not the whole thing.
The group discussions were not as productive as they could have been.
N/A
the lectures did not help with the knowledge required to successfully pass the exams. most of the questions used in the exams did not accurately reflect or test the material lectured in class.
The lectures were a little boring at times, more interaction and class discussion
The readings had the least value and were the least effective. Many students have a lot to read for other classes and when you are jumping from one culture to another to another and have to learn names and terms for each one in each reading, it is easy to mix up or forget the content. Also, many students are visual learners and some have attention deficiency related disorders which make readings extra difficult.
The multiple choice tests were necessary, but they weren't engaging.
Bad movies were shown many other movies out there we could have watched...
Nothing.
mid-term
Least valuable was the videos, and I say this only because i have watched all of them in previous Anthro courses offered at UH.
All the aspects of the course were valuable in some way.
n/a
It was a little bit dry
How we our review session 2 days before the exam, it should be spaced out more so students have more time to study.
Can't think of anything that was not valuable.
I didn't find any low aspect in the course. In fact, because of the course, I have decided to minor in Anthropology.
The boring lectures
Some of the older movies.
The films shown in class
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 41 0.94 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 1 (2%) 5 (12%) 14 (34%) 20 (49%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.93 41 1.01 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (12%) 7 (17%) 15 (37%) 14 (34%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 41 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 15 (37%) 25 (61%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.15 41 1.04 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 7 (17%) 11 (27%) 20 (49%)
15. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 41 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 3 (7%) 15 (37%) 22 (54%)
16. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 41 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (12%) 14 (34%) 22 (54%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.7 40 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 10 (25%) 29 (73%)
18. The instructor encouraged class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 41 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 13 (32%) 25 (61%)
19. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 41 0.59 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 13 (32%) 26 (63%)
20. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 41 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 2 (5%) 12 (29%) 26 (63%)
21. The instructor makes the course difficult enough to be stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.2 41 0.93 Freq(%) 1 (2%) 0 (0%) 8 (20%) 13 (32%) 19 (46%)
22. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
I think he should be more energized and happy. White should teach with less of a monotone and teach with better energy and less lecturing.
n/a
Have a review session which goes over what is on the test before. Test more along class discussion; less on specifics/dates we did not focus on.
To make the selections to his multiple choice questions on exams a lot different that the other because they are sometimes confusing or the same.
STUDY GUIDE
Power points can be more clear and organized on subject matter study guide prior to midterm, as assigned books as a study guide is a hard goal to reach
Make lectures more interactive.
Hmm....
Have better and more informative power points. The information he has on his power points are not the highlights of what his lectures are about and are boring random things.
Have a study guide for exams. Post powerpoint presentations on laulima.
The Tengan reading was a bit difficult to get through, maybe only have excerpts of it.
I don't see any need for improvement.
N/A
reflect on what and how the students respond to the course material. it is not very stimulating, nor did i feel that i learned anything of substance. instead of trying harder to make the students form to the exams, perhaps see how the students are dealing and understanding the material with more smaller written assignments or reading reflections more regularly instead of sporadic random written assignments.
More class discussion rather than lecturing the entire time.
LESS READINGS More visual content int he powerpoints.
Dr White is a great professor. I just dislike the testing method.
Better movies more work...
Nothing, I loved it!
Instead of one big paper, several small papers would be nice.
More discussion time with groups. It was always fun.
How we our review session 2 days before the exam, it should be spaced out more so students have more time to study.
I think that you can use study guides and more information on what the exams will be on. Because I had studied for the exam pretty hard and I did not get the grade I thought I deserved. I also think that you should take exam questions from your power point lectures, or at least be more clear on what you want us to study for the exam.
That would be tough. Very stimulating, engaging, and fabulous class. Dr. White is the most inspiring professor I have ever had. The course has caused me to focus on the Pacific Islands/Oceania with much excitement. Wonderful course, and a perfect fit with Dr. White. Hope to see more of him in the future. Many thanks to Dr. White.
Not be so monotone
That is a good question that I do not have an answer for.
I think this course required too much reading. I know the readings were all relevant and helpful to this course, however sometimes it was quite difficult to complete all of the readings before class.
There is so much information to cover about the Pacific that there are many things that could be brought into more depth...but I realize that it is practically impossible to get even more depth with such a broad scale in a semester class. I learned so much from this course and he did a great job...he was enthusiastic the entire semester.
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Smart, organized, happy
in to it!
Friendly, knowledgeable, passionate (for career)
Fun Intriguing Motivated
intelligent in subject matter great communicator makes it easy and comfortable to ask questions and learn; good learning atmosphere
knowledgable, organized, friendly.
Knowledgeable
Knowledgeable, passionate, chill
Friendly, clear, intelligent.
Knowledgeable, Articulate, Inspirational
Knowledgable and motivated
excited and happy.
enthusiastic and passionate
Respectful Educated
Brilliant. Friendly. Helpful.
Nice, understanding
Knowledgeable, fair, interesting
Nice, intelligent, helpful
Very Knowledgeable =P
traveler, incoorperater, mellow
Nice, hard, confusing.
Inspiring. Engaging. Brilliant. Knowledgeable.
highly knowledgeable
monotone educated elitist haole
Passionate. Enthusiastic. Informed.
Well-knowledged in this subject, very helpful, and active.
24. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.05 41 0.84 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 13 (32%) 13 (32%) 15 (37%) 0 (0%)
25. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.32 41 0.85 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (17%) 11 (27%) 22 (54%) 0 (0%)
26. The TA grades paper (exams, homework) fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.23 41 0.83 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 7 (17%) 14 (34%) 18 (44%) 1 (2%)
27. The writing assignments helped me understand the course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 41 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (17%) 18 (44%) 16 (39%)
28. The reading materials were relevant to the course objectives.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.49 41 0.64 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (7%) 15 (37%) 23 (56%)
29. The course has significantly increased my knowledge and interests.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 41 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (2%) 9 (22%) 13 (32%) 18 (44%)
30. Audiovisual materials (or computers) used in this course contributed significantly to my learning.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.18 40 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 5 (13%) 14 (35%) 18 (45%)
31. The guest speakers contributed significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.51 41 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 12 (29%) 25 (61%)
32. Other comments:
None.
Will definitely advise others to take this course
Seemed that some of the students weren't used to using critical thing and were more than willing to take one side of a story as "the side" of truth.
I enjoyed the class.
I took this course as a requirement but came to truly appreciate the complexity of cultures throughout the Pacific. I am grateful to have had such a great teacher in Dr. White and would recommend him to any student.
This was a really great course. Dr. White's teaching style is very moving and engaging.
not my first choice.
Good class!
Seriously, the class needs to cut down on the readings. Otherwise it was a superb experience that I was originally dreading, and ended up enjoying.
This was one of my favorite classes and I understood the materials quite well. Comparatively to an intro course. I believe I got a better score in the higher level class than my intros. Wonderful semester Professor!
Fun class. I liked the variety in learning aids (lecture, video, guest speakers, discussion).
great class!
Some of the movies were dated and sometimes hard to follow.
Great class, thank you very much.

Geoffrey White: ANTH610, Fall 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 610 - Anthropology of Tourism Crn (Section): 79120 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 8 (100%) 0 (0%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
7. I developed creative ability in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
8. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
9. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
10. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Readings
MacCannell readings were awesome. I liked the diversity of the students and their experiences and backgrounds. Class discussions were rich.
The group discussions and Dr. White's ability to relate them together
Dr. White -- he is incredibly knowledgable. I hang on his every word.
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Seminar discussions. The variety of backgrounds of people in the class made it difficult to focus on the ANTHROPOLOGY of tourism. Little theory was discussed in class, readings were seldom referenced, and discussions tended to be highly anecdotal (a challenge for a class on tourism, since everybody has tourism stories they want to share).
The outside speakers seemed to not fit the course as well as they could have.
Outside of class, a few students have elitist attitudes.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 2 (25%) 4 (50%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
18. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
19. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%) 3 (38%)
20. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
21. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.25 8 1.04 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
22. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 8 0.53 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (50%) 4 (50%)
23. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Make discussions stick to theory and the readings. I know this is difficult because of the diverse backgrounds of students in the class, but it does turn into a big storytelling session otherwise.
Give out less weekly reading assignments. That would have helped me understand each subject more if I weren't so concerned with getting through it all.
Site visits. Example, Polynesian Cultural Center.
I think at times there was too much too read, also compared to other grad seminars. Sometimes the discussion was not very lively, because people had not read the texts, or people had read different texts. Also, not always having the discussion being led by students I think would be beneficial. The professor is the most knowledgable in the area, so getting more of his viewpoint would be good.
24. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
intelligent, understanding, encouraging
Inspired Intellectual
Amazingly insightful
Intelligent. Helpful. Superawesomecool.
Friendly Helpful
25. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.33 8 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
26. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
2.33 8 1.15 Freq(%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (63%)
27. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.88 8 1.36 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 4 (50%)
28. The assigned reading is well integrated into this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
29. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.38 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 3 (38%) 4 (50%)
30. My overall evaluation of this course is...
good course, but students are allowed too much slack in generating seminar discussion, which becomes anecdotal
One of the toughest I have taken conceptually. I felt out of my element the entire semester, but that is how one grows intellectually so I am glad I took it.
This is by far the best course I have had in my five years of graduate school at two universities. Profound and impactful knowledge was dispensed by both Dr. White and the students. I enjoyed the open dialogue each week.
Good.
31. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Keep discussions focused. Maybe make this expectation clear or have the student facilitators create and distribute precis and questions addressing the readings.
I believe this course could be improved with a site visit. Especially during the cultural theme park section. Students could learn a lot from taking their noses out of their books for a bit to actually experience that which we discuss in class.
32. Other comments:
Thanks for the semester!
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Geoffrey White: ANTH711, Spring 2011     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 711 - Research Design & Proposal Crn (Section): 87809 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Organization of a proposal. Peer review and comments. Guest lectures for fund application.
Reviewing successful proposals and having to write my own!
Reading actual research proposals, the lecture by Ashley Vaughn was extremely helpful.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Methodology. The section is more about cultural anthropology, not giving much emphasis on other subfields of anthropology.
I didn't find the textbook to be very valuable/practical.
Readings from Creswell regarding the actual research instead of the research proposal writing.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.5 6 0.55 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (50%) 3 (50%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
18. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.83 6 0.41 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 5 (83%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
This may not be easy, but I suggest to give a more equal emphasis on each discipline of anthropology.
more sample proposals, less textbook readings... or maybe integrating sections of successful proposals with each lesson/reading. examples in the text were from other social sciences (i.e. not ANTH) and hard to relate to.
I wasn't a big fan of all the worksheets. I felt as though I was just saying the same thing for most of the questions but, rephrasing my answers differently. I would have liked if more time was spent on the writing assignments so that by the end of the semester, all of the assignments could simply be compiled to form the bulk of the research proposal. Instead, there was a lot of repetition in many of the writings. In that regard, it would be good to add a sample proposal at the beginning of the semester for an understanding of the format. During the guest lecture by Ashley Vaughn, she mentioned taking an NSF workshop to improve her proposal writing. I'm not familiar with all the details of that course but, it would be excellent if the class could be structured similar to that (so that students wouldn't have a need to take that course).
20. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Knowledgeable, Decent,
encouraging, knowledgeable, eager
knowledgeable, intelligent, supportive
Articulate, Intellectual, Personable
21. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
22. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 6 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (100%)
23. Assignments (papers, problem sets) seem carefully chosen.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (67%) 2 (33%)
24. The group work contributes significantly to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
25. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.67 6 1.03 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 1 (17%) 3 (50%) 1 (17%)
26. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.17 6 1.17 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
27. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 6 0.82 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (17%) 2 (33%) 3 (50%)
28. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
29. The amount of work expected outside class was appropriate.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.67 6 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (33%) 4 (67%)
30. My overall evaluation of this course is...
This class gives me instructions of how to write a proper proposal and what the significance and weekness of my project are. Overall, it is very helpful to develop my research.
great course, but more for its role in directing the construction of a proposal outside of class and for Professor White's facilitation/comments than for readings and discussion
Excellent and very useful.
The course is beneficial and I recommend it for any anthropology graduate student required to write a research proposal. However, the content and class discussions really are best suited for the cultural students.
31. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I suggest giving more detailed instructions to develop a research plan other than to write a proposal. What preparations we should have before conducting a research? What difficulties we might have during that period? I believe the experiences of instructor or other professors will help us to go through the process.
more examples of proposals, with relevant sections integrated into each lesson.
The course is best structured for cultural students. I would suggest breaking all the proposal sections down and having separate writing assignments for each, in order to clarify all the content expected of each section. Also, more recent proposal examples for the readings, since the format and grant guidelines seemed to have changed since some of them were written.
32. Other comments:
No survey responses were found.

Geoffrey White: ANTH710, Fall 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 710 - Sem in Rsrch Meth in Cult Anth Crn (Section): 75036 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.57 7 0.53 Freq(%) 3 (43%) 4 (57%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.74 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 1 (13%) 6 (75%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
8. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.63 8 0.52 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (38%) 5 (63%)
9. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The chance to analyze both interview transcripts and the process of the interview. Many of the readings on the ethics of interviewing and on narrative and cultural analysis. Introduction to computer programs.
This was an excellent class. The discussions and use of student strengths/experiences really brought home the varied ways in which these methods could be used powerfully in the field.
Everything was valuable, especially the information on software systems and technical issues.
Learning to conduct interviews and collaborative ethnography, ethics of anthropology etc and discussions are conducted by students....
The practical aspect of this course was what I found to be the most valuable. Actual field work was a great learning experience, plus having the space to come back and discuss our processes.
The interview process as well as the readings were the most valuable. Class discussion was very fruitful and useful; very applicable to applied anthropology which is key.
10. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I did not find the Murchison reading valuable because I felt it was at too basic of a level, having already taken a methodology course as an undergrad. I didn't benefit too much from the discussion of little-used methods like word lists and word association, but I suppose they could be helpful to other projects.
n/a
Finding culture in talk...we didn't have time to cover it...d
Although this course is very conducted in a seminar manner with lots of discussions, I would like to integrate a bit more of practical exercises that can keep the discussion creative and explorative.
The 3 page summary of the presentation seemed redundant and not very useful. Also, course assignments could be more clearly differentiated so that students are less likely to repeat their material.
11. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 0 (0%) 7 (88%)
12. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
13. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
14. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
15. The instructor stimulated me to think about the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
16. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.75 8 0.46 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (25%) 6 (75%)
17. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.88 8 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (13%) 7 (88%)
18. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 8 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (100%)
19. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Talking about our research experiences was very helpful, although I found that some of what was said was repeated from class to class, and it would have been nice to make sure that research experience was being discussed in new ways, instead of repeated. Review of research programs was helpful, but I think it could have been both shortened/streamlined and I would have liked to have seen it done as part of class, rather than before class as an optional extra lecture.
The software tutorials were good-- perhaps including more along those lines.
I think he's doing a great job getting students to lead discussions and its a seminar so students are mostly engaged in discussions which only allows him to contribute little throughout
I would find interesting to have a component on technology, software, and their use in our construction of methodology and field work.
20. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
committed, concerned, available to help students
Enthusiastic, knowledgeable, clear
Lenient, easy to talk to and very encouraging...
Approachable, respectful, knowledgeable.
kind, approachable, knowledgeable, interested
21. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
22. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
0.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
23. Student presentations significantly contribute to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (71%) 2 (29%)
24. The assigned readings were instrumental in the development of my knowledge of the subject matter.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
25. I feel that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 7 0.38 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (14%) 6 (86%)
26. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
5.0 7 0.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (100%)
27. The amount of work expected outside class was appropriate.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 7 0.49 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (29%) 5 (71%)
28. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Positive, and very helpful concerning interviewing (process and analysis) but I wish we could have delved a little deeper into the fieldwork experience.
Very good course. I have recommended it to others.
Great course!
a positive one. I find this course helpful for graduate students, no matter what field they are from. The methods covered in this course are very applicable to all approaches related to social sciences.
Overall, wonderful course and an integral part of applied anthropology.
29. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
I would have liked more emphasis on non-interview fieldwork interactions, and how to integrate fieldwork into ethnography.
Since this is a methods course, it might be beneficial to go over participant observation methods rather than just interviewing, although this seems a more difficult task to do experientially. Maybe we could just read about participant observation methods and discuss them.
Again, I would mention the technological aspect to be added into this course.
Course assignments could vary more in scope.
30. Other comments:
Dr. White was open to meeting with students outside of class, and gave helpful, thorough feedback on assignments, and in the course. It is clear that he is interested in mentoring grad students, and committed to teaching.
Great Course and Thank You Prof. White for a wonderful class!

Geoffrey White: ANTH152, Spring 2010     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 152 - Culture and Humanity Crn (Section): 83996 (002)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
1.98 96 1.1 Freq(%) 42 (44%) 27 (28%) 16 (17%) 10 (10%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.52 95 0.5 Freq(%) 46 (48%) 49 (52%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.43 96 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 6 (6%) 43 (45%) 47 (49%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.22 96 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 15 (16%) 45 (47%) 36 (38%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 96 0.91 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 6 (6%) 21 (22%) 42 (44%) 26 (27%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.84 96 0.9 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 7 (7%) 20 (21%) 46 (48%) 22 (23%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.66 96 0.92 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 4 (4%) 38 (40%) 33 (34%) 19 (20%)
8. I learned to value new viewpoints.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.96 96 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) 23 (24%) 44 (46%) 26 (27%)
9. I try to relate what I learn in this course to my own experience.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 94 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 6 (6%) 21 (22%) 40 (43%) 26 (28%)
10. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.6 96 0.92 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 10 (10%) 31 (32%) 38 (40%) 16 (17%)
11. The instructor inspired me to be critical of ideas and materials.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.61 96 0.93 Freq(%) 2 (2%) 6 (6%) 37 (39%) 33 (34%) 18 (19%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Everything. Learning about what it truly means to be indigenous was very eye-opening.
This course introduced me to current and past anthropological theories. As an anthro major these theories are useful and applicable.
The projects.
The fact that our instructor put his slides up online was very helpful.
about cell phones in jamaica
Doing ethnography. It is interesting and challenging. How we could communicate with our family, friends and other people. Make interview and exchange information about the latest news on anthropology, such as cell phone using from the anthropology of communication point of view.
Having the full notes online to go over at home
learning cultural aspects
The new perspectives gained by learning about different cultures.
The aspects of the course that were most valuable to me had to do with the timeline as essay we did in the beginning of the semester where we related family biography to history.
I thought that the essays were interesting and it helped give me a better understanding of the difficulties of interview and anthropological field work.
Learning about the different cultures.
I found it helpful having the powerpoints and reading the ethnographies. They were dull as far as reading, but there were parts where we could pull out important information which helped us relate our "world" with others.
Learning the nuances of important concepts like ethnocentrism, the ethnography, and "indigenous"
The course project interviews were great sources to do experiential learning to further understanding course covered material as well as a chance for the student to discover for themselves other aspects in ethnographic interviews.
I really like the focus on NOT being ethnocentric - for those paying attention in class I think it will ultimately make a difference in students. If not in their anthropoloical persuits at least will make them more respectful when traveling to other countries. I also the think the information read about Hawaii was very important, for alot of students who are not from Hawaii it is SO important they know the history and culture of where they live. I think it gives them a better understanding for the language as well so they understand it is an actual language and not illiterate people.
He was very liberal and unbias and conveyed world views that help different cultures and ethnicities to understand and respect each other.
The powerpoints, the choice of books, the papers.
The projects as well as the readings. I learned most from the documentaries and enjoyed going to class.
It helped me to better consider other cultures, and to better appreciate the thing I have in my own culture.
Coming to understand how different each culture is. How meaning and importance changes with every cultural group one encounters.
the different worldviews that have been posed in the class
I really enjoyed reading the ethnography done in Jamaica. I feel like it contained a lot of interesting and valuable information that can be applied to many post colonial societies, and to an extent to Hawaii. I thought that Dr. White's lectures were also very interesting and managed to convey a lot of sophisticated information in a way that was easy to understand.
The aspects of this course that were most valuable is how to be more aware of the changing society around us today in relation to things that are causing the change such as cell phones and new technology. Taking this course has also made me appreciate the country and the culture that we live in after studying how other low - income and indigenous peoples such as those in Jamaica and the Trobriand islands make a living.
I was able to see different cultures.
I think the most valuable aspect of the course is that the professor really elaborates over the powerpoints. He gives people time to understand each slide, and it does good that he does a lot of examples relating from the text that we are reading.
Able to relate to other culture other than our own. I like the field work projects they were very interesting and related to the topics that were covered in class. I Like the videos
the way i now look at and unknown/different thing i am not accustomed too.
I think being able to watch movies and learn through something other than lecture was very valuable.
Conducting the ethnography projects were valuable, especially the genealogy project because it made anthropology personal.
I really enjoyed how we would read a book about a certain group of people and then would get to watch a movie about them. It made it feel like we were experiencing this group of people in so many ways, and it gave us multiple ways to understand the material.
the different view points introduced were interesting, relating to modern issues
there wasn't much that was valuable. the prof just highlighted different things in society and introduced other societies that we don't really need to know about.
I learned how and why we should respect and learn about other cultures. Previously to this class I had no knowledge of the area of anthropology.
I thought the most valuable aspect of this course was learning how to do ethnographic research.
I liked the material we read, especially the Annette Weiner book on the Trobriand islands, and the Karen Ito ethnography on Hawaiian women culture. The books gave me a good understanding of how long term field work is done, and I learned about new cultures in depth.
I found the videos to be very helpful because they allowed us to learn in a different environment, which was quite effective.
learning the different cultures and traditions.
The ideas were shown clearly how it is related to us in the present time.
Professor White always encouraged students to talk and communicate their ideas.
It was interesting to learn how to think from an anthropological perspective.
Anthropology in general is the most valuable thing. Making things easier to explain and understand is what I valued most.
The two projects involving family and friends
Learning about the intrinsic aspects and values of other cultures
Mon and Just book, and videos
I enjoyed watching the videos!
I thought it was valuable learning about how everyone differs culturally.
acceptance of other cultures.
The movies were affective to be able to visualize the concepts of cultural differences. I enjoyed reading the books because most of the books required to read were not to long, but were effective and easily able to schedule within classes
the readings and the films
The films we watched were very helpful in understanding cultures such as the Trobrianders of Papua New Guinea. The book can only describe so much, but actually seeing the villages allowed me to completely understand their daily life and rituals. I feel this was important when it came time for the Midterm, because I could visualize the answers to the questions.
Learning about the different cultures and gaining a wider perspective/learning more the worlds around us.
Learning about culture and what can be applied to our own lives.
i really liked that the professor went in depth with and seemed very interested in the subject he was teaching. it inspired me to consider anthropology as a possible major. the course used real life applications, both modern and traditional, to explain the main concepts of anthropology in an interesting way.
Being given an introduction into a new area.
the readings
projects that required interviews
Learning about different cultures.
The introduction to current concepts of anthropology, like the study of technology in anthropology.
the exposure to the different social systems that i would have otherwise not have known about was very interesting and eye opening.
when we watch the videos, i felt i learned alot more from the videos rather then the lectures however lectures gave good notes
The ethnographies that we read
Cultures and how people react on what they encounter
the power points were useful
theory from the readings
The topic on anthropology in Hawaii gave me a chance to connect and enterprit my personal life experiences. And the fact that he compared some of the information and studie os other countries to the USA was also helpful
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
I felt that the majority of the videos we watched were invaluable. I would have liked to read more ethnographic works.
basic lectures.
That the class was mostly only slides and it was very easy to get distracted and not want to pay attention to the professor.
nothing
All I learn in this course are valuable and very helpful.
Being talked at not talked to or with
the lectures often went in circles
Most of the class lectures seemed to be useless, also the fact that attendance was irrelevant only highlighted this fact.
The aspects of the course that were least valuable to me were the discussions on the Trobriand islands because their cizlization did not interest me personally.
i dont know.
nothing... All very interesting!
I found it hard to pull information out of Professor Whites "discussions". It felt more like he was just talking rather than providing us with pertinant information. But his power points helped to counter act that.
Some material, like Ito's book seemed superfluous, and we didn't delve deep enough into it to attain a good understanding.
The lectures were not always the best of presentations, so that the course content may have not had its fullest potential.
As I think the information on the trobriands was very core for the basic knoweldge for the course, I think more time on the Hawaiian islands would be equally valuable.
long lecture....
The progress report, the order in which we read the books (might have done better switching the last two).
The lectures. Not very visual power points but he demonstrated thorough knowledge on the subject.
Learning about World of War craft. It seemed to be a waste of my time and boring, but I guess it helped to show the process of going through doing a case study on a group of people.
I think that some of the readings were superfluous. We did not need to read four entire books to grasp the concepts that were being presented.
class itself. Sometimes the class presentations were boring but sometimes informative.
i honestly didnt find anything we did to be invaluable.
The aspects of the course that were least valuable were the information from the reading "Lady Friends." I guess it could be because I grew up here in Hawaii so the majority of the content was pretty familiar and was common sense.
At some times, the material he was teaching seemed irrelevant.
No least valuable aspect.
I found the lectures to be boring often and hard to pay attention to.
Everything (videos, readings, projects, power points, etc) were valuable, but if I were to choose one it would be the amount of videos because much of the content was in the readings.
I felt like the lectures were a little bit drawn out.
his lectures were slow and he always gave an overview of the lecture before preceding. it was useless. also the lecture on the world of warcraft was a joke.
Classes weren't very exciting and with little assignments, many students found it easy to skip.
N/A
The format of the class could have been more interesting. The lectures seemed very dry and not very interactive. The power points were very minimal and could have been supported with other modes of media like more videos and pictures.
The lectures were rather dry. His slides had no presentation. They were just white slides with words on them. I think he needs to find a new way of lecturing to keep his students engaged.
length of the paper.
The powerpoints were not very exciting
Videos that could not play.
Lectures didn't involve new ideas but mostly went over readings.
So many slides.
The lectures were not helpful
N/A
lectures were a little boring
n/a
The book readings were okay, i felt like the weren't very valuable.
I thought it was a little tedious when we kept talking about the same topic for weeks, although it did help me to remember things.
nothing.
a few of the discussions
The lecture had interesting points the delivery in a little unorganized. I found that most of the time I would get lost in what Dr. White was saying. He seems to get passionate with on topic and go off on a tangent.
I think everything we learned in this course was pretty valuable :)
Learning about how a piece of technology that most of use and what other people think about it.
i think the class was a bit too easy. i know it's supposed to be an introductory course but most of the things we learned i had knew already. I just learned new details.
The video responses were not exactly challenging work.
videos
lecture powerpoints
lectures
although it holds value, i found the reiteration of points made in the prior class day a little useless. not because it was said again but because of the amount of time spent doing so.
readings are to hard and not interesting, hard to concentrate
cell phone book
The powerpoints
Everything in this class is valuable.
some of the reading were way to difficult. the lectures seemed to drag on and the 1st test was not on the topics he stressed in class
the lectures (BORING!!!)were too monotone and verbose for an intro course of mostly freshmen
The lectures were usually very plain and I sometimes lost intrest/focus.
14. The instructor makes good use of examples and illustrations.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.77 96 0.98 Freq(%) 3 (3%) 6 (6%) 23 (24%) 42 (44%) 22 (23%)
15. The instructor puts material across in an interesting way.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.32 96 1.1 Freq(%) 5 (5%) 19 (20%) 25 (26%) 34 (35%) 13 (14%)
16. The instructor seems to enjoy teaching.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.32 96 0.7 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 10 (10%) 42 (44%) 43 (45%)
17. The instructor was able to explain concepts clearly and effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.87 94 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 9 (10%) 18 (19%) 43 (46%) 24 (26%)
18. The instructor was effective in meeting the objectives of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.07 96 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 16 (17%) 54 (56%) 25 (26%)
19. The instructor treated students fairly.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.45 95 0.66 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 3 (3%) 42 (44%) 49 (52%)
20. The instructor seems well prepared for each class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.39 93 0.69 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (1%) 8 (9%) 38 (41%) 46 (49%)
21. In general, the course was well organized.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 96 0.81 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (5%) 7 (7%) 42 (44%) 42 (44%)
22. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Use some more graphics. Lectures are boring, but the content was interesting. Some pictures / video clips would have jazzed it up a bit.
Make it mandatory that students sit within the first five or six rows to improve discussion.
MAKE THE LECTURES MORE INTERESTING AND MORE RELATED TO US SO THAT WE HAVE MORE FUN IN CLASS.
The lectures were his only thing he did bad in. He need to catch the students attention.
He could possibly make the class more interactive.
make his tone more interesting
Not so repetitive and narrowly focused.
Making it more interactive or assigning short written homework assignments With just reading for homework, the student is likely to procrastinate or to decide not to do it at all, knowing that it won't be tested till the end. If there was written homework, the student would be more likely to pick up the book and would be able to identify what concepts he/she needs to study further.
more pointed lectures and course material to what is on the test
Try and make the course more interesting, or at least keep the students engaged. I notice most of the time people are just on their cellphones.
I would try and vary the classes a bit more to make them more interesting.
Maybe having some more pictures on the power point and REAL LIFE experiences.
He could change how he discusses his lectures, and his powerpoints could use to be more informative at times. They are full of questions that he doesn't necessarily answer in his discussion. He could also use to give a little more guidance with some of the projects. For instance, with the first project I found it extremely hard to write because I didn't know what/how exactly I was supposed to be writing it, and I believe that I got a worse grade because of the fact that it wasn't exactly what he was looking for.
More clarity regarding grading, and perhaps a more unified presentation of the material.
The examples from books or other related media were very useful in understanding topics that were covered, but there were instances that drifting away from these examples lead to monotonous lecturing.
The Hawaiian book and the Cell phone book are both valuable in their teachings although compared to the Trobriand book they are VERY dry and VERY hard to read (slow reading) maybe switching up those two books that follow the same topics/places but with less statistical information...
lively up his voice!
Consider changing the order of the last two books, especially if you want them to effectively use quotes from the last book in a paper. I understand that due to the class size, you had to restrict the amount of material you received, but the arbitrary cut-off point for papers felt difficult to deal with, either due to too much or too little information.
Make better power points. More guest lecturers. More visual examples. Too much talking can lead to lack of student participation. Try to engage students more.
He could move throught the power points a bit more quickly. Sometimes I get bored, and I just feel like moving to the next slide. I could just be an impatient person, but I guess it could be better to have the next slide up once he's done talking so I can get ahead, write it down, and then listen to what he has to say next.
Adjust the readings.
He can try and involve more students.
i think he would be able to do an even better job if he was teaching a small class because he seems to enjoy discussion and it is difficult in such a large group. Obviously course size is beyond his control and he did a a good job with the situation he was in.
By telling students how to study for the exams, especially for the readings that we have to do because there may be alot of things as we read that we may skip over or find unimportant.
Be more interesting! So many lectures that I want to fall asleep in. =(
I think he could make it more interesting and involved.
Have more videos. I think the videos helped me a bunch in grasping the material that he presents on the powerpoints and relating it back to the text.
try to brighten up the mood of the class overall
I think that the only real improvement that should be made is giving more time for the readings. I kind of struggled through them.
Overall, I felt that the class was conducted well.
Some of the lectures were not so interesting because it was only us listeing to it. Maybe he could incorporate more videos into the course work, or more pictures on the slides. However, I feel that he graded very fairly, and the things that we did learn he taught us very well.
Sometimes it just drones on and on. The subject matter doesn't help, but some days are just unbearable.
don't need to give an overview of the day's class as in depth. also learn to enunciate. 'important' has a 't'; it's not 'importand.'
More engaging in class activities.
The course is good the way it is.
The same concepts I mentioned before.
By changing the way he lectures.
adding some explanation on movie clips.
Make the powerpoints more exciting and more interesting. Put images or something with color.
Making sure each video works.
more exciting lecture content.
Have online readings for the books intead of having to buy it. Many students chose to borrow friends books but people will read it instead if it was online.
More words and concepts
N/A
more interesting
more modern concepts like cell phone project
Do more activities and get the class more engaged.
He can improve by posting up the powerpoints on Laulima.
make it more interesting.
his method presently is fine
I think he could utilize Powerpoint by creating more simple slides. I think it is hard to follow the lectures, because I do not have a visual aid to help me learn and understand the concepts.
Maybe spice things up a bit with his lecturing style?
Possibly making the readings more interactive
nothing, really. everything was very good. the course goes at an easy pace to follow, is interesting, and is fun and easy to learn. i never really got to hear much from the ta, but i just assume she works more behind the scenes with grading and such.
I believe that his test need to monitored closely as in the environment given it is very easy to cheat.
more activities, not just slide shows, kind of gets boring
Lectures were not very interesting. It was very hard to pay attention.
try not to use such big terms while doing a lecture. he needs to dumb it down a bit.
try to keep talks off of subject at hand to a shorter time frame.
make the class a bit more interesting, make it more fun and enthusiastic. explain better details as well, perhaps teach about a different culture group in stead of new guinea
Make lectures more entertaining
He communicated clearly and effectively.
be more lively in lecture. it was very easy to fall asleep in class!
Make the lectures more straightforward, and split the class into small groups to have discussions about the material. Also, act more passionate about the material and engage the class. Ask students to join you by participating in skits or demonstrations. Raise ethical questions so we can debate.
Add more graphics or media to the slide shows to keep students interest.
23. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
Knowledgable, intelligent, hands-on
Engaged, enthusiastic, knowkedgable
Knowledgeable Nice
Plain, simple, nice
Determined, helpful, inspiring.
his exams
Capable and knowledgeable Professor.
Happy-go-lucky. Intrigued.
intelligent, passionate
Passionate,Effort,
passionate, descriptive, repetitive
educated and enthusiastic
KNOWLEDGEABLE, NICE, OUTGOING
Upbeat, Fair, Organized
Knowledgeable, interesting, clear
anthropologist positive open-minded
Boring Talkative
Knowledgable, interesting, passionate.
caring, compassionate, and respectful
knowledgeable, open topics
Intelligent. Understanding. Enjoyable.
Interesting, nice, and Non-strict. :)
encouroging promt
Informative. Bland. Passionate
loquacious friendly intelligent
Punctual, Professional, Open (to ideas)
Very knowledgeable in the field of anthropology
Patient, clear in speaking
smart, knowledgeable, wise
intelligent and fair
talkative, confident
Understanding, passionate, thorough
knowledgeable, motivated, enthusiastic
Knowledgeable, experienced, monotonous.
Enthusiastic, confident in the subject.
Intelligent, dedicated, sexy voice.
unique boring nice
fair and kind
Friendly Intelligent
happy, intelligent,
Nice and caring
boring, but smart
Enthusiastic Knowledgeable
interesting but a bit outdated
Talkative, intelligent
easy-going funny
friendly professor.
in his own world
passionate, joyful
Straight to the point.
Respectable and fun
motivated, didactic, nice
Social Scientist
great teacher
fair, generous, knowledgeable
passionate and organized.
Fair and well prepared
enthusiastic, knowledgeable, driven.
kind,prepared,smart
-Efficient -Knowledgeable
Intelligent,clear speaker
I enjoyed learning in his class.
Intellectual. Priviledged.
Passionate, teacher, dull
24. The TA appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.79 96 0.83 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 36 (38%) 32 (33%) 20 (21%) 7 (7%)
25. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
3.92 96 0.82 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 1 (1%) 25 (26%) 42 (44%) 23 (24%) 4 (4%)
26. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.9 96 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 4 (4%) 24 (25%) 46 (48%) 22 (23%)
27. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.91 96 0.88 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 7 (7%) 21 (22%) 42 (44%) 26 (27%)
28. The exams were a fair test of your knowledge of the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.05 96 0.81 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 3 (3%) 14 (15%) 50 (52%) 28 (29%)
29. Global appraisal: considering everything how would you rate the overall effectiveness of this Teaching Assistant?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
3.88 95 0.77 Freq(%) 1 (1%) 0 (0%) 28 (29%) 46 (48%) 20 (21%)
30. Other comments:
Great professor / TA.
No comment.
The class was overall very interesting and well taught by the ta and the professor
None
Good system for class and assignments, but maybe a change in style of lecture may provide more interaction.
interesting course. I liked it!
I am glad to have taken this class because it made me aware of other small countries and how they make a day to day living. It has made me appreciate living in America much more.
No other comments.
I liked this course for the most part. At times the material was a little boring, but overall i found it interesting.
Horray for social and cultural anthropology :) I loved this course!
Interesting course, and very nice teacher.
the ta shouldn't need to tell students to be quiet. if they want to talk, it's their choice. also you don't tell the ta to get the students back into the class. if they leave, it's their choice.
she isn't very approachable.
None
Good course, challenging yet achievable
It's an interesting class.
Thank you! :D
class was/is over all good. nothing worthy of getting upset over.
make a study guide for the students
The Ta was hard to get a hold of the 1st paper topic was very vague! I am not sure how they expected any one to do good with the poorly written assignment question for the 1st paper! it was very frustrating!
This class was way too big, and lectures were a waste of time. At least we weren't graded on attendance.
It would be interesting to see a field trip at somepoint in the future. I'm not sure where to but it would give students an even greater opportuinty to connect to the material.

Geoffrey White: ANTH350, Fall 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 350 - Pacific Island Cultures Crn (Section): 70127 (001)    
1. Class Level (pick one) - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Freshman   Sophomore   Junior   Senior   Grad   Other  
3.28 39 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 8 (21%) 16 (41%) 11 (28%) 4 (10%) 0 (0%)
2. Course - please note that by answering this question you could potentially jeopardize your anonymity
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Elective   Required  
1.29 38 0.46 Freq(%) 27 (71%) 11 (29%)
3. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.72 39 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (23%) 29 (74%)
4. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.36 39 0.96 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 4 (10%) 8 (21%) 24 (62%)
5. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.33 39 0.9 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 5 (13%) 10 (26%) 22 (56%)
6. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 38 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 9 (24%) 9 (24%) 19 (50%)
7. I developed the ability to communicate clearly about this subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 38 0.96 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 1 (3%) 6 (16%) 14 (37%) 16 (42%)
8. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.0 39 1.08 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 7 (18%) 10 (26%) 17 (44%)
9. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 39 0.98 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 7 (18%) 11 (28%) 18 (46%)
10. I performed up to my potential in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.89 38 0.89 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 14 (37%) 11 (29%) 12 (32%)
11. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 39 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 8 (21%) 12 (31%) 18 (46%)
12. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
The readings were interesting. It was from the readings and videos that I learned the most.
learning about the different regions in the Pacific. Also, studying about different nations through our tourism project.
I have learned about the Bikini bombings, history and culture of other islands in the Pacific. I highly recommended this class because it helps us understand more about the values and culture of other people.
Kind, caring and knowledgeable on material.
The lectures by guest speakers were very appreciated. The overall view of the Oceainc societies from ancient migration patterns to contemporary indigenous existence was also valuable. The readings, and films were insightful and entertaining as well.
The knowledgable speakers that were brought in to speak and the videos were great historical tools.
Films and guest lectures put the course content into perspective.
The teacher's experience as an Anthropologist, as well as the guest lecturers.
writing the tourism paper helped me look at another aspect of pacific island life that i often overlook.
Class discussions, in-class videos
Learned more about the broader culture of Polynesia besides Hawaii. Also, there were great guest speakers.
I believe that the course does a good job of raising students' awareness and appreciation of issues pertaining to indigenous pacific island cultures. It also offers an in depth look into the diversity of the many societies and cultures in Oceania
I found the use of cultures outside of Hawai'i (and particularly in Polynesia) to be valuable in understanding how Hawai'i has changed as a result of a prolonged occupation by the United Sates.
I enjoyed learning about different pacific island cultures!
Professor White's lectures and stories were very valuable. The guest speakers he brought in gave us all a different perspective, and the videos were helpful to putting an image to all the concepts we were learning.
Learning about the history of the Pacific in order to help you understand the situations we see today.
The tourism project was interesting and helped me learn more about pacific island culture
The films.
The course was entirely associable to common day problems or happenings.... it was extremely useful for a haole like me coming from an entirely different area of the US, but learning remarkable information over the vast pacific islands
The video responses, tourism paper, and guest speakers
The variety of learning venue - required readings (books and online materials via Laulima), video presentations, and guest speakers. These provided a much better perspectives of the course.
the films, the lectures and guest lecturers were very valuable. I really enjoyed the readings and then having a guest lecturer come and talk with us. They were all beyond expectation and it was an honor to hear their knowledge and wisdom in their area of study.
The video segments we watched that showed actual indigenous people giving their thoughts rather than having an outside anthropologist relay their feelings for them.
the Films were the best part, they opened my eyes to a lot of new things. Most disturbing, but great for learning information.
The most valuable aspects were the videos, because it help tied the reading and help me understand more of the themes and issues that were discussed.
knowledge of cultures within our own region
13. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
His lectures. They weren't very interesting and repetitive. There was hardly any connections with the readings or with the movies.
readings. I felt that videos were more informative and entertaining.
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Some of the readings.
None.
none...
It was all valuable
there were too many readings in the course. I would suggest taking out one book.
There seemed to be no pattern or theme of learning. It was very disorganized and bland information about random parts of the Pacific instead of focusing on one area or culture in particular, covering it and then moving on. It seemed to be strictly what the professor knew about the matter.
Hard to read and take notes on numerous ethnographies.
n/a
None.
I think that the extra credit offered us to go out and explore, but I wish that there was more outside interaction, like, a cultural exchange of some sort.
I found the lectures and much of the readings to be largely repetitive with little actual information about any Pacific island cultures. They were mostly about contact with westerners, but even then the actual information given was sparse. Most of the readings seemed more like editorials than textbook materials for a cultural anthropology class.
his lectures were kind of slow at times, and my interest wasn't kept very well. Usually I love lecture classes.
we watched a lot of videoes and did a lot of reading. the lectures didn't really recap any of the reading.
everything
14. The instructor stresses important points in lectures/discussions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 38 0.91 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 6 (16%) 11 (29%) 19 (50%)
15. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.66 38 0.63 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 0 (0%) 10 (26%) 27 (71%)
16. The instructor appears to have a thorough knowledge of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.86 37 0.35 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (14%) 32 (86%)
17. The instructor is skillful in observing student reactions.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.13 39 1.0 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 8 (21%) 9 (23%) 19 (49%)
18. The instructor broadened my understanding and grasp of the subject.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 39 0.92 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 3 (8%) 4 (10%) 14 (36%) 18 (46%)
19. The instructor maintains an atmosphere of good feeling in class.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.26 38 0.79 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 8 (21%) 12 (32%) 18 (47%)
20. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.69 39 1.34 Freq(%) 2 (5%) 8 (21%) 6 (15%) 7 (18%) 16 (41%)
21. The instructor's feedback about my writing helped me become a better writer.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
3.53 38 1.13 Freq(%) 1 (3%) 7 (18%) 10 (26%) 11 (29%) 9 (24%)
22. The instructor was well organized and prepared for each session.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.46 39 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (13%) 11 (28%) 23 (59%)
23. The instructor sets high standards for students.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.21 39 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 5 (13%) 18 (46%) 15 (38%)
24. How can the instructor improve the teaching of this course?
Less readings so that there could be longer discussions on them and make connections with it to the lectures. Sometimes he is unclear about what he expects from the students.
try to connect more with students. the class didn't really seem personal although its tough to achieve in a large lecture.
all good
None needed. This was an amazing class!
Pehraps more powerpoints. More student discussions. No laptops; students working on other courses, or surfing the web is distracting.
Since the class is so large, I suggest you break everyone up into groups in the first week so they'll feel more motivated to come to class. People love discussing things and expressing their ideas, but many of them might not want to do so in front of the entire class. This would also encourage many people to keep up with the readings (aside from the films), so they can participate with each other.
speak more about the specific cultures rather than just touching on them for a bit only. go into a little bit more detail because there is so much to learn/know about them.
make lectures more interesting
He really couldn't improve it, he did a great job..The TA was awesome as well.
I would have enjoyed a little bit more material. I felt like since this course was intended to cover Pacific Island cultures, we could have covered a few more.
I think we should have more disscussion about the topics that are presented in class and i think that he should be clearer on what he expects on the exams from us.
Professor White gives a really good balance with lectures, films, guest speakers and discussion. I honestly can't think of anything that could improve his style of teaching.
I think that Dr. White could expect more from his students. Because so many of the issues and terms were broad and abstract it may be hard to actually test students but I think more pressure could be put on students to remember more of the smaller facts and details as well as the course could move along at a quicker speed. Over all a great course and a great professor!
Make lessons and presentations more interesting. Shorter classes three times a week would be better.
By developing a more interesting way to expose the cultures to the class besides bland slides and a droning lecture. There needs to be more room for discussion and interaction and more organization to this class.
Incorporate the class more often as tried during group discussions.
more open discussion in lecture, however this is probably difficult considering the size of the class.
None.
none.
I felt that the tourism paper could have been a valuable assignment if the focus was less on tourism promotions and more on the actual ramifications of emerging tourism industries. All in all I felt like the same points about western contact with indigenous cultures were stressed over and over while very little information was actually given about those cultures, which was very disappointing to me. There were too many guest lectures. We were required to turn in outlines for our tourism paper but were not given any feedback. When I tried to get feedback from the TA she just told me to re-read the assignment.
Have more interesting lectures, maybe have more class participation, maybe worksheets.
too much "intellectual" talking rather than teaching.
25. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
uninteresting, hard, unclear
energetic, passionate, smart
helpful energetic fun
Open-minded, fair, tactful, diplomatic, culturally sensitive.
Passionate, approachable, knowledgable
Knowledgeable, approachable, open-minded.
observant, knowledgeable, passionate.
cool, knowledgeable, articulate
knowledgeable, consistent, open
informed, knowledgeable
passionate, inquisitive, receptive
Knowledgeable, professional
Articulate. Interested.
knowledgeable, fair
Passionate and knowledgable
amicable, composed, perceptive
Knowledgeable and understanding
Calm, informative, interesting.
experienced and knowledgeable
Knowledgeable, interesting and concerned.
eloquent, professional, handsome
interesting, intelligent,
helpful,
knowledgeable, passionate, open-minded
26. The TA is effective.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.5 39 0.76 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 3 (8%) 10 (26%) 24 (62%) 1 (3%)
27. The TA is friendly and accessible.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree   N/A  
4.56 39 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (3%) 2 (5%) 10 (26%) 26 (67%) 0 (0%)
28. Audiovisual materials (or computers) were an asset to this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.62 39 0.67 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 7 (18%) 28 (72%)
29. The guest lecturers were interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.54 39 0.68 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 4 (10%) 10 (26%) 25 (64%)
30. Global appraisal: Considering everything how would you rate this COURSE?
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Very Poor   Poor   Average   Good   Excellent  
4.21 39 0.86 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 2 (5%) 5 (13%) 15 (38%) 17 (44%)

Geoffrey White: ANTH424, Spring 2009     Back to top

Campus: University of Hawaii at Manoa Department: Anthropology
Course: ANTH 424 - Culture, Identity, & Emotion Crn (Section): 89033 (001)    
1. The instructor demonstrated knowledge of course content.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
2. The instructor fulfilled the goals of the course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.71 17 0.47 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 5 (29%) 12 (71%)
3. The instructor communicated effectively.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.71 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 3 (18%) 12 (71%)
4. I gained a good understanding of concepts/principles in this field.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
5. I developed the ability to carry out original research in this area.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
6. I deepened my interest in the subject matter of this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.35 17 0.93 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 2 (12%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
7. I learned a lot in this course.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.72 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 2 (12%) 5 (29%) 10 (59%)
8. I participated actively in class discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.24 17 0.75 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 7 (41%) 7 (41%)
9. I felt that this course challenged me intellectually.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
10. Which aspects of the course were most valuable?
Articulation of theory in lectures, excellent ethnographies in reading list.
The articles provided a great base which we could use to negotiate the ethnography's we read in class over the course of the semester. Small group discussion and presentations gave a unique feel of inter-student collaboration not usually felt in U.H. courses/classrooms.
all the group discussions!
Writing the final paper, where we got to do a optional mini ethnography. I enjoyed it very much. I liked being able to conduct my own research off odf the course material and exert my own knowledge.
Learned a lot of valuable information and experience about methodology (life-story, narratives) and folk-psychology theories. This is helpful for not just Culture, Identity, and Emotion but also for anthropology in general, giving a new perspective and new tools to look at things. Very useful in researching skills.
karen ito's book, and breaking up in small groups for discussion
Relevant reading materials and discussion to deepen the understanding
reading and writing assignments.
The ethnographys read in class really helped to illustrate real world examples of emotion work.
Small group work
The group work really helped open up smaller discussions.
We learned a lot from various kinds of materials.
Learning about emotions, identity, and culture from a different perspective
11. Which aspects of the course were least valuable?
Sometimes the lectures seemed to reiterate a lot of things and more interaction or activities could have been used.
Nothing. Love everything.
small group discussion was valuable the majority of the time, although it would be nice to rotate students and create different groups.
I found the book review to be a bit lacking.
I wish there had been more group work.
Having to read ethnographies
12. The instructor is enthusiastic about the course material.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
13. The instructor gave useful writing assignments.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.51 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 7 (41%) 10 (59%)
14. The instructor seems knowledgeable in many areas.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.65 17 0.61 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 4 (24%) 12 (71%)
15. The instructor was easy to talk with and available for consultation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.59 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 5 (29%) 11 (65%)
16. One real strength of this course is the classroom discussion.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
17. What two or three single words best describe this instructor?
patient, insightful, knowledgeable
intelligent, good listener, helpful
open, well spoken and aware
Knowledgable, Analytical, Helpful
Knowledgble, enthusiastic, kind
knowledgeable, enthusiastic, caring
supportive concise knowledgeable
Knowledgable, Open, Explicit
open-minded, helpful, pleasant
Insightful and enthusiastic
Approachable, nice, boring
18. My overall evaluation of this instructor is....
Isn't that what your quatitative data mining is for?? :p
Very knowledgeable in his field, makes class interesting,The books were relevant to the course material.
very wonderful person and knows a lot within this course. he is sensitive to his student's and is very fair in his teaching practices.
Very knowledgable on the relevant topics and in general. Also very approachable and helpful. I liked how he anticipated possible areas of misunderstandings and addressed them. Use of chalkboard was helpful in giving things structure. Also liked classes that recapped and connected the topics were very helpful. However, too much lecture? Too little time for discussion. Discussions were very useful because the people in class were very expressive and full of ideas in the group but sometimes we were rushed or cut short.
Dr. Whitel effectively encouraged and instructed students to combine what they learn during the course.I really appreciate it!
great professor! takes the time to give effective feedback to students.
I enjoyed the class and learned a lot about cultural anthropology.
Very good, would take another class with them.
great.
He's okay. He seems to know his stuff but is just a little boring at times
19. Assignments are interesting and stimulating.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.29 17 0.77 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 6 (35%) 8 (47%)
20. The course was well-organized in terms of continuity and presentation.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.47 17 0.62 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 1 (6%) 7 (41%) 9 (53%)
21. The course is highly recommended if it were taught by this instructor.
Mean N-Size Std Dev   Strongly Disagree   Disagree   Neutral   Agree   Strongly Agree  
4.41 17 0.8 Freq(%) 0 (0%) 0 (0%) 3 (18%) 4 (24%) 10 (59%)
22. My overall evaluation of this course is...
Excellent!
This course will be useful in and out of my academic career, it should continue to be offered. I would take it again if it were offered as an in-depth graduate course. Dr. White has uncanny patience for naive and immature students that make the rest of the class want to grown. Everyone is treated with the utmost respect and each comment is examined with careful consideration. Found many of the concepts relevant to other courses I was taking and was able to integrate and synthesis at a different level because of this. An overall balanced course.
I'd definitely encourage people to take it
very deep insight into the human mind and process of living- everyone should take it if they're willing to listen and reflect upon themselves and think deeply about puzzling questions of culture and existence.
I learned a lot from this course. Objectives of the syllabus was fulfilled and I especially appreciate the experience I gained from reading about, learning, and using various folk psychology theories, concepts, and methodologies.
This course is so valuable for me to learn from the basic concepts of anthropological perspective to specifically useful ideas which could be connected to my personal interests in cultural phenomena.
very interesting. very beneficial to my graduate coursework.
It was good, although my interests seem to be elsewhere.
great. This course is very stimulating for all students, whether they're anthropology major or not.
Ok
23. State in two or three sentences how this course could be improved.
Students should have at least a junior standing. Students are not very good at integrating material from readings into book analyses for this WI class, not really sure how the course could change this, maybe a one page practice assignment where the student must use at least 4 sources from the readings? I can do this already, but many students haven't picked up this basic skill yet.
More activities. More small writing activities. Analyzing personal accounts to clarify the concepts discussed
Less lectures and more discussions will probably liven up the class more. Sometimes I didn't know what the overarching theme was until the recapitulation after reading. Videos can be useful in demonstrating what we learn since folk psychologies are about everyday emotions, dynamic interactions.
I think it would have been nice to explore more electronic media concerning emotion and identity.
It'd be better if we have more time to look at theoretical frameworks in this field, as well as ethnographic works.
Less lecture during class and more activites